Aromatherapy and sacred spaces – part 1

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. Albert Einstein A...

The web that has no weaver

I have always loved the title of this book. It perfectly expresses the theories that underpin traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In preparing for the Advanced Aromatherapy and TCM Masterclass in Melbourne last week I decided to dig out the first book I ever read...

Energetics of Essential Oils

– By Salvatore Battaglia In my essential oil monographs of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, I have a subsection called Energetics, psyche and subtle uses. The term ‘energetics’ is very broad and is often used in subtle therapies; however, in my book I have...

Part III – Perfume Blending Technique

The structure of a perfume A perfume is a blend of aromatic materials, which is perceived as having its own aesthetically unique identity. Jellinek & Calkin describe it as a carefully balanced blend based on a definite structure in which each material plays its...

Part II – The Art of Smelling

The challenges in learning to smell like a professional The challenge has always been to come up with a uniform, structured approach to describing smell; especially in occupations where smell is very important. The most obvious is as a perfumer, but just think about...